For fashion’s biggest night of the year, the brightest names in Hollywood pulled out all the stops. The theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” inspired many to wear head-to-toe metallics, pile on sequins, and quite literally glow in LED lights. But who stood out or adopted the theme best? Take a look at our choice favorites from this year’s red carpet for the Costume Institute’s annual exhibit.
15. Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton
Ever since Anna Wintour encouraged Taylor Swift to go edgier on the cover of the latest Vogue, the pop star has been making waves in the fashion world. From her bleached bob to her thick gladiator heels, Swift’s ensemble is daring. Though the mini dress figure with tiered ruffling isn’t our favorite, all the other elements are working in her favor.
14. Bella Hadid in Givenchy
In a sea of silvers and metallics, there’s something striking about this solid black piece by Givenchy. Cascading ruffles at the skirt and a strapless silhouette strike the perfect balance between modern and classic. Don’t even get us started on the fierceness of those sock-style heels.
13. Blake Lively in Burberry
Flowing florals and a goddess-like cape create some seriously ethereal beauty. The gown blended intricate handcrafted techniques with highly technical fabrics. It’s so flattering that you would never know she’s pregnant with her second child.
12. Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain
When the theme was announced, it was pretty much understood that Balmain would knock it out of the park. Though designer Olivier Rousteing dressed multiple women on the red carpet, this one stands out from the pack thanks to the steel corsetry adding drama to the knitted design.
11. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Ralph Lauren
Sure, donning a stark white gown seems simple, but here, the thigh-high split and shoulder detail are everything. Sometimes at an event like the Met Gala, it’s nice to see understated elegance.
10. Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana
There’s always one big, bold train that we lust after every year. This year, it’s this Dolce & Gabbana feathered skirt, which drew peacock similarities (in the best way possible).
9. Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
The Alexander McQueen moon-embellished gown is positively other-worldly (and bewitching). The bejeweled, transparent cape further solidified her sorceress status.
8. Claire Danes in Zac Posen
Zac Posen looks awfully smug watching his creation float down the red carpet, and he has every right to be. With the help of fiber-optic woven organza and 30 mini battery packs sewn into the gown, the wired-up dress didn’t just glow in the dark — it beamed.
7. Kristen Stewart in Chanel
The blonde mohawk, the silver sheen on her eyes, and her natural rock-and-roll kind of cool proved to be an easy pairing with this year’s theme. Plus, it’s Chanel so it’s kind of guaranteed to be the epitome of cool.
6. Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel
At just 16 years old, it’s no easy feat to look this chic and confident on your Met Gala debut. But then again, she is the daughter of Johnny Depp. Her whole look is a knock-out, from the boxy design and tweed fabrication to the oversized bomber jacket hanging off her shoulders. She’s setting the bar high.
5. Hailey Baldwin in Tommy Hilfiger
Though sequins can seem a little cliché for the “Manus x Machina” theme, Hailey Baldwin convinced us otherwise. Demure long sleeves on top and a thigh-high split at bottom gave this dress a fresh, flirty feel.
4. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
There’s more than meets the eye to this dusty blue tulle gown. Working with IBM, Marchesa outfitted the decorative flowers with 150 LED lights that changed colors based on Twitter traffic. It’s meant to portray how technology can enhance the human imagination. We don’t know anything about all that, but it’s definitely striking our fancy.
3. Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa
There’s something innately romantic about this semi-sheer Marchesa gown. The supermodel looks like a flapper-meets-robot, and we’re totally in support. The plunging silver tiered dress is accented by metal embellishments that hug her in all the right places.
2. Jourdan Dunn in Balmain
Jourdan Dunn sparkled in an intricate beaded suit of armor, courtesy of Balmain and Olivier Rousteing. The futuristic vibes were real. Sheer side cut-outs and thousands of dazzling rhinestones were perfectly in tune with the bash’s theme. Not to mention, her simple bob featured faded tones of ash and lilac. Subtle yet meaningful.
1. Kendall Jenner in Versace
Here’s proof you can blend into the tech-themed event without adhering to any clichés. The sparkling Versace gown features a caged design with halter neckline and daring side cutouts that only a supermodel can pull off with such ease. It’s unlike anything else we saw on the red carpet and yet it feels so right.